Mixing summer fun and tattoos can be a bit rough — you can’t let a fresh tattoo hang out in the sun too much, and you can’t let that tattoo soak, so the beach is out. However, summer-themed tattoos are obviously in a different category entirely. There are plenty of tattoo homages to autumn, winter, and spring, so we’re gathering some summer lovin’ for you, starting with the most classic of all summer activities — surfing.
Heʻe nalu, which roughly translates to “wave riding,” has had its ups and downs in popularity in the last few hundred years, but like any physical activity, has remained a steady passion for ocean-lovers and thrill-seekers alike. And not surprisingly, the culture of surfing is pretty well-aligned with tattooing. We know — “but you just said the sun and waves and tattoos don’t mix!” — but it’s not about the practical it’s about the spiritual and the cultural.
So slather some sunblock onto that freshly healed tattoo, throw down some money for a basic shortboard (or longboard if you’re feeling a bit more mellow), and get yourself to the beach. With your surfing tattoo, you’ll fit right in.